Category Archives: Hobby

One way to spend a day is to pick berries in Helsinki

By Deepa Narwani

Seeing a city “like a local” may sound like a cliché, but it’s also to some extent a valid goal, as I found out on a recent trip to Finland’s capital Helsinki. The metropolis is a tourist’s delight. It boasts of stunning monuments. From the imposing architecture of the Helsinki Cathedral that harks back to the city’s time under Russian rule, to its bustling Market Square, home to a traditional market selling foods and treats, as well as handicrafts. But it was while striking up conversations with locals at restaurants and train stations and asking them ‘Where do you go?’ or ‘What’s your favourite activity?’ that I found out the more fascinating aspects of life in Helsinki. Continue reading One way to spend a day is to pick berries in Helsinki

About Leh, landslides, cameras and action

By Purva Grover

Each time anyone heads to Leh, Ladakh, it makes almost everyone who is not on their way to the destination envious, and for obvious reasons. A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of UAE-based photographers, did that to us, yet again! With their Ladakh gear in tow, they headed to explore the unknown. “On our road trip, we gave the crowded tourist spots a miss and visited the unheard of places,” shared Subodh Shetty, a full-time travel photographer and photography tutor, who led the trip. Excerpts from a conversation with the photographers, who are now back in the city, but can’t stop talking about their trip of a lifetime. Continue reading About Leh, landslides, cameras and action

Weird tales on a hot air balloon with a ‘macho nutcase’ pilot

By Kelly Clarke

A vet. That was always the excited reply I’d blurt out as a kid whenever I was asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In my naïve little mind, I had dreamy visions of cuddling cute animals all day long. There was never any hesitation in my answer. Then, as my teenage years hit, I soon realised it was more a case of blood, guts and seven years of vet school to get there. So, pretty quickly, I changed my mind. Continue reading Weird tales on a hot air balloon with a ‘macho nutcase’ pilot

Is this cool, old school toy on your wishlist?

By Nivriti Butalia

A couple of months ago, end July, at a ‘house party’, our host ordered a dozen sliders from this Syrian restaurant under his house, addressing the needs of even the vegetarians. It’s nice when hosts are thoughtful. He then took out a not-particularly-sleek looking blue camera and told a bunch of us to huddle together. There was time till the food arrived. We saw the camera and the room grew curious. We wanted a confirmation on what that thing was, that thing in your hand. This thing? A polaroid… Oh! Cool. Continue reading Is this cool, old school toy on your wishlist?

When sailing is in your blood, nothing else can compare

By Kelly Clarke

I was standing in an office last week when a large mural spanning its entire back wall caught my eye. It brought life to what would typically be just any other office. It depicted a quintessential Dubai scene from years gone by; dhow boats, coral-clad houses, and traditional wind towers, all dotted along the famous creek. I’ve seen the scene a 100 times. I have no personal connect to it. But still, it brought a kind of charm to the place. An otherwise cream wall was given a burst of life.  Continue reading When sailing is in your blood, nothing else can compare

Doctraiture: When docs get their friends to model for them

By Suresh Pattali

We had fights. Many rounds. Like any other father and daughter. Like in any other family where children were about to go to the university, yet undecided on their major. Confronted on her desired subject, she was as wobbly as someone who had just got her wings: At 10am, slithering out of her natural sloth and social media hangover, she wanted psychology. At 12 noon, two or three phone calls later, she wanted journalism. At 3pm, by which time her fingers were numb and blue from surfing, the choice turned out to be as steamy as acting, modelling and stewarding. Then cinematography. Medicine was a bitter pill as far as she was concerned. Photography did appear somewhere in the continuum, and clicked well for a while. Continue reading Doctraiture: When docs get their friends to model for them